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Autel Robotics - EVO 4K Drone with Controller - Orange-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 85 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Drone for a First timer

    Posted
    JakeNH
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    My previous experience with drones was of the smaller, less advanced type, so unboxing and powering up the Autel Evo was like preparing for my first launch into space. First off, the packaging was well thought out and easy to remove, I think the total time it took for me to have this out of the box and charging for first flight was about 5 minutes. Handling the drone itself along with the controller it's apparent that the build and design of each was thoroughly executed. The drone feels heavy and solid, sleek finishes remove any potential resistance on the body. Handling the controller for me is reminiscent of a PlayStation-like controller; it's heavy but balanced enough to alleviate any strain on holding it during flight time. However, if you are using your smartphone in tandem it might be slightly stressful depending on the model and type of phone you are using. For me it's an iPhone 7 Plus so there is some amount of strain but very minor. While on that note, if you do use an iPhone you will need to use your own lighting cable as the Evo does not include one (it does include USB-C and USB-mini). I really enjoy the compact size of both the drone and the controller, they fit easily into the carrying case and really have a small footprint so you can take the Evo anywhere. Prior to your first flight the FAA does require that the drone be registered which you can accomplish at www.faa.gov/dronezone. The registration will cost you $5 and once complete you will need to mark your drone with the assigned FAA registration number (I used a labeler). I also used an app called DroneBuddy to make sure I was out of any restricted flying zones because there is a major airport nearby, however, it's outside of 5 miles from my location so I am OK to fly. Flight operation for me was very easy to adapt to given my experience in video games, I was able to get the Evo flying seamlessly around my yard and then eventually up over the tree tops around 200 feet. At that height I was flying at about 20 MPH. Once up there I started using the camera shooting 4K videos and snapping some photos, I really can't stress enough how clear the video feed is during flight, on both the phone and the controller display. Using the Autel App I planned out a waypoint path to test GPS accuracy which I was very impressed with the results on my 2 test flights. During these auto pilot flights it's very cool to peer around with the camera. During flight ops, the Evo constantly evaluates battery consumption, taking into account environment factors such as wind that will drain the battery faster. On average you are looking at about 25-27 minutes of flight time but the main benefit of this is that the Evo will alert you of a point of no return if you fly it too far away. At that time it will initiate a return to home maneuver or allow you to manually fly back. That being said, so far my furthest flight has been about 1600 yards - just shy of a mile. At that distance there was plenty of forest between the drone and myself and it did not lose or lag the video feed. I feel confident I could have flown further. Some minor bugs I have seen so far: 1. During a long descent the Evo can become fairly unstable and sort of wobble back and forth. This does not appear to affect camera shots as the gimbal does a great job of compensating. 2. After some sharper turns and moving of the camera during flight, the horizon can be askew when you return the camera to it's level mark. It has only happened a couple times but it's noticeable. From what I have read both of these issues should be corrected with firmware updates, although the weather has been bad recently so I have not been able to fly the drone to confirm. Lastly - and this is not an issue but a recommendation - I would say that the easiest way to transfer the high-resolution video and photos off the Evo is to buy a USB Micro/Mini SD card reader. Best Buy sells one for $15 that also utilizes USB 3.0 for faster transfer. Overall I highly recommend this drone, it's extremely sharp looking and feels well built. There are enough safety mechanisms and sensors built in to allow a first time user to get up and flying. I brought this to a friends house and I may have influenced this years Christmas list.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great camera

    Posted
    jeut
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    Wonderful pictures and very compact. Very easy to fly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    1st impression

    Posted
    BBfanyee
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    One week into ownership as a 1st time legit drone owner I can say that the learning curve is pretty easy! 1 main factor is choosing the right joystick configuration, after that you'll be flying in no time!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Exceeded expectations.

    Posted
    Bassman1
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    Everything works as promised. Super easy to fly and great video and still shots.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy to fly and move for great pictures every time

    Posted
    Lane91
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    I started a new aerial photography business and this drone is perfect for what I need. Smooth video and perfect pictures every time with to fly drone controls for anything you would need to do.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Autelerific

    Posted
    teacher310
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    Autel has done an exceptional job with the evo. It will not crash and it looks beautiful in flight.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Drone

    Posted
    Dronenovice
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    Extremely easy to fly very stable had fun right out of the box. Well worth the purchase. Very fun

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best in Class of

    Posted
    Cactusjetpilot
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    Best Buy facilitates the online ordering process via a very straightforward and user-friendly process. Kudos to Best Buy for a very enjoyable online shopping experience. My Autel Robotics EVO quadcopter arrived two days after having placed my order. Since its introduction, the EVO has received numerous firmware updates, all of which have improved the flying characteristics and stability of the aircraft, according to drone flying enthusiasts. The EVO is both a work of art and a remarkable technological achievement for Autel Robotics. The EVO is exceedingly well built. It is a pleasure to maneuver and the video is stunning, especially with the use of a quality lens filter. The remote controller's display screen is vividly colorful and very intuitive. To be sure, there will continue to be major advancements in this industry, however, the EVO should provide many hours of enjoyment both in its flying prowess and exceptional imagery. Lastly, and quite importantly, before you launch your aircraft for its maiden flight, remember to register with the FAA, become familiar with the flying rules and know how to accomplish a very thorough preflight checklist. Discipline, maturity and good judgment are essential prior to, during and after each flight. Plan your flights, know your personal limitations and respect your environment, to include current and forecast weather conditions and people and property in the vicinity of your flight. Flying, in all of its forms, is a rewarding experience, from which great pride is derived, but only when it is accomplished properly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    DJI Mavic Look Out, EVO is Here!

    Posted
    Knt1173
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    Autel Evo is the best foldable drone for the value! Here's some things it can do that the Mavic 2 series that is over $500 more can't; 4k60, No Fly Restrictions or Geo fencing, has a built in 3" display, and US based 7days a week Customer Service! Love this drone!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great video quality and a very good value

    Posted
    Teaser
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    The Evo video quality exceeds that of the Mavic Pro and in a similar impact package. Autel has excellent customer service and the Evo isn't hamstrung by no fly zones like DJI products. Use wisely.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very capable

    Posted
    Tony
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    I bought this to add to my collection. After flying several times, I would have to say this is a very capable drone with a lot of potential. It is just as good as the Mavic Pro and with continued firmware updates it will be unstoppable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Formidable Challenger Drone

    Posted
    Technopackrat
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    Having a couple of the brand "D" drones I was anxious to get my hands on the Autel EVO. Out of the box I was impressed with the build quality. I also like it's compact size with foldable propeller arms very much like the Mavic Pro. With 4K at 60FPS the video quality rivals other more expensive drones and the 12MP camera does a great job on stills. It comes with the following in the box: - Autel EVO drone - remote controller - 32GB Sandisk micro SD card - extra set of propellers - charger (capable of charging the drone battery and remote simultaniously) - remote USB charging cable - 2 smart phone connecting cables (since I'm a Samsung phone user I was happy to see one of the cables was a USB type C) - soft carrying case - and of course instructions The biggest draw for me the ability to fly it without a smart phone. The OLED display on the remote control gives you camera view and the basic flight status information (height, distance, speed and gimble angle, battery strength and remaining flight time). On the left side of the controller at top features a dial for controlling the gimble pitch and a video record button. At the right top is a shutter button and display mode button and screen navigation wheel. On the back are two programmable buttons for user use. Here are some of the main features of the controller that I like: - Safe launch and land button - Go Home button - a pause button which will pause the drone in place from whatever commands are currently being done - multiple modes for flight, depending on user's preference I especially like that adding a smartphone is done at the top of the controller with an included clamp device. Adding a smartphone running Autel Explorer opens up a ton more features like GPS way-point flight control and easy setting of follow me and also satellite view of position. Also, with the controller layout similar to a gaming controller you will be familiar with the feel in your hand and the palm grips fold in for compact storage. Unfortunately I have not yet found any 3rd party smartphone apps for the EVO like Litchi which allows for the use of VR goggles. Out of the box I found it very easy to fly. Controls are intuitive and it only takes a short few minutes to get the hang of basic flight and photography. With more practice you can start adding some of the advanced features to your flight. I actually found it easier to fly than the Mavic Pro and I like the smartphone placement better. If you are considering a high end video/photo drone you should consider the Autel EVO. Feature to dollars it's a formidable adversary to the other brands.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A very nice drone

    Posted
    PedroBonilla
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    This is a good drone. Great DJI competitor. Great camera and good with the wind. Best of the drone is that do not have the DJI "No Flight Zone"

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Video

    Posted
    Hazz
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    The video on this drone is great compared to the mavic pro and air. The gimbal is a little weak and I don,t care for the gimbal cover . I love the app and no flight restrictions. The mavic air and pro fly better both are more solid but this drone is a great value if you can get it with the extra batteries and bag deal which I missed out on now its back on .

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing footage

    Posted
    Ryerye007
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    This drone has amazing dynamic range for its sensor size. I did experience an issue with a jittery gimbal and Autel's customer service has stepped in to fix the issue. Talk about great customer service. I cannot wait to get it back and fly more.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Flys great for beginners

    Posted
    Flyboy
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    The Autel EVO was easy and fast to get started with. Great customer service experience that was quick and friendly. Also buying the EVO from Best Buy was the smartest move for me, and got the fly more bag, batteries and spare props for free. It's just been a great experience all around.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best beginner drone

    Posted
    Tbjr50
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    I purchased the Autel Evo and finally got to fly it. I really enjoyed it very much. The drone flies very smooth and is easy to control. I love it and recommend it highly

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Close to perfect!

    Posted
    SCasie
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    I LOVE this drone. It is extremely stable and easy to fly. The pictures and videos are amazing. The only thing I wish it had was more autonomous flight modes.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic drone, great price!

    Posted
    Slcook33
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    Before I bought this Autel Evo, I did a lot of research to make sure I was getting what I wanted. I was going to get the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom as I really wanted a zoom feature, but the forced no fly zones and geofencing was really turning me off. I heard Autel doesn't force either so started reading about the Evo and watching reviews. It turned out to more than hold its own feature for feature with the DJI, but it has a MUCH better remote with a built in OLED screen so you can fly without your smart phone if needed, and no geofencing! In other words- you OWN the Evo, unlike the DJIs where it's more of a partnership- you have the drone but DJI says when and where you can fly it. Forget that! Oh yeah, the Evo has 8X zoom, the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom has 2X! Im more than happy with my Evo, I absolutely love it! There will always be those DJI fanboys who wont listen to anything other than DJI, oh well, their loss. I like being part of an exclusive group, btw- adults only- no geofence and no NFZs means YOU have to be responsible for your own actions.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great drone. Incredible camera

    Posted
    RxDork
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    Great drone. Very easy to fly and maneuver. Hold position well even in strong winds. Video footage is excellent.

    I would recommend this to a friend